Budget hotels & hostels
Guesthouses and B&Bs
Setting the Kuching standard for backpacker digs, this hugely popular guesthouse, decked out with stylish Dayak crafts, has an unbeatable location and a great chill-out lobby...
Dillenia Guest House
This super-welcoming hostel, with 11 rooms and lots of nice little touches (eg plants in the bathrooms), lives up to its motto, ‘a home away from home’...
Grand Margherita Hotel
On a fine piece of riverfront real estate, this place will spoil you with a bright, modern lobby, 288 very comfortable rooms and amenities such as a fitness centre, a river-view swimming pool and a new spa. Wi-fi costs just RM5 for 24 hours.
Miri Marriott Resort & Spa
The Marriott is the nicest place to stay in Miri. It’s a large resort with a spa, a swimming pool, several restaurants and good common areas. Rooms are spacious with large bathrooms and balconies. Wi-fi is available on the premises.
Park City Everly Hotel Miri
The ParkCity Everly is a large resort-style hotel on the beach about 2km south of Miri city, very close to the Miri Marriott. The sea-view rooms have nice views and the swimming pool is excellent...
The landmark Hilton has 315 spacious, international-standard rooms, in shades of cream, beige and maroon, with flat-screen consoles, LED reading lights and glass-topped work desks...
Don’t judge a hotel by its tasteless exterior or tacky lobby – the 288 rooms here, spread over 16 storeys, are comfortable and very spacious, if a bit old-fashioned...
Royal Mulu Resort
The luxury Royal Mulu Resort is lovely though – a sprawling campus built around limestone bluffs – but the rooms, stocked with dated furnishings, don’t do a good job of fending off the oppressive jungle moistness...
Merdeka Palace Hotels & Suites
The grand marble lobby and the great location overlooking the Padang Merdeka heighten expectations, but the service and rooms here are decidedly underwhelming...
Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort
This jungly compound is a veritable tropical theme park. Although much of the campus feels like the product of a drunken architect (rooms with slanted floors and labyrinthine paths), it’s a good place for some quality family time.
Four Points By Sheraton Kuching
A new competitor in the upmarket range, Four Points is a Sheraton product that provides sleek suites at competitive rates, 5km south of town.
Palace Inn Miri
The Palace is significantly more comfortable and better run than most others in this price range and free wi-fi sweetens the deal. The tiled floors are a good move in this swampy Borneo weather...
Pacific Orient Hotel
A little past its prime, the centrally located Pacific Orient is not on par with other hotels in this price range and should only be considered if they are full. On the plus side, rooms are fairly spacious.
This place is not up to the standards of other hotels in this price range in Miri and should only be considered if better options are full. The hotel makes one almost unforgivable mistake by piping annoying muzak into the halls.
This compact hotel on the east side of town is better than most comparably priced places in Kuching. It's got fairly neat carpeted rooms and reasonably clean bathrooms.
Harbour View Hotel
If it’s modern comforts you’re after, this 243-room tower, 13 storeys high, is one of Kuching’s best bargains, offering full Western facilities for a thoroughly Southeast Asian price.
Polished concrete abounds at this mod charmer, whose owners have transformed a commercial space into a sleek, spotless and low-key hang-out for flashpackers. The carpeted, 10-bed dorm room, with mattresses on the floor, is in the garret...
Highlands styles itself a ‘budget tourist and travel information centre’, and scores a bull’s eye on all counts. Look out for the affable owner, a Twin Otter pilot from New Zealand. If you’re allergic to cats you might have to give this place a miss...
Mr. D's Bed & Breakfast
‘Tribal chic’ is the name of the game here – the hang-out room at the entrance is stuffed with sassy leopard-skin pillows and there are arty black-and-white prints of tribal warriors on the wall...
Jungle Blues Dream Art Gallery & Homestay
Owned by artist and one-time guide Stephen Baya, a Bario native, and his friendly Danish wife Tine, this super-welcoming lodge (and art gallery) has four mural-decorated rooms, good-quality beds and quilts, and fantastic Kelabit food...
As far as dorm rooms go, you’ll probably do better at Singgahsana or Kuching Waterfront Lodge, but keep Pinnacles in your back pocket in case the other spots are full.
Nomad Borneo Bed
There’s a buzzing backpacker vibe at this Iban-run favourite – guests often hang out in the lounge area with the friendly management. Of the 17 rooms, 10 have windows (the others make do with exhaust fans). Dorm rooms have either four or eight beds...